Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Death Ruled Suicide in Incident that Closed Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County Overnight

 A death has been ruled a suicide in an incident that closed Interstate 81 overnight.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville, around midnight, early Wednesday, Troopers responded to Interstate 81 southbound in the area of mile marker 114.5 in Foster Township for a report of a person struck by a commercial vehicle.

Based on an investigation and interviews of witnesses at the scene, a male exited the passenger side of a vehicle that was parked on the right shoulder, then walked onto the highway and jumped into the path of a passing commercial vehicle.

The Schuylkill County Coroner's office responded to the scene, and after an investigation ruled the death a suicide.

Southbound Interstate 81 was closed at the Minersville exit for approximately 3 1/2 hours while the scene was investigated.